Sports

22 in ’22: Water Polo beats Parkway West for 22nd State title
Alex Wentz, reporter

Despite losing their pool and adopting a cramped and inconsistent practice schedule mid-season, the St. Louis U. High water polo team enacted revenge on the Parkway West Longhorns last Saturday to emerge as Missouri State Champions for the 22nd time in program history. The boys in blue went into their first state finals match in three years. Their hunger for victory was akin to a starving great white, but the foe was no pushover, with the P. West Longhorns being the only Missouri team SLUH had lost to this year.

Volleyball stays perfect after 28 game season, State title up next
George Henken, Core Staff

“Play for May.” That is one of head coach Jeff Cheak’s favorite sayings for this time of the volleyball season. In simple terms, it means that the team should be playing its best volleyball in the playoffs rather than regular season. 

Clicking at all events, Track and Field wins District meet, first step on path to State
Joe LaBarge and Sean Kellogg, reporters

The postseason is underway with the track team having a strong showing at the district meet this past Saturday in Poplar Bluff, qualifying individuals in 16 of 19 events. SLUH completed this dominant day winning the Class 5 District 1 meet with ease and taking down some other top programs in the state like Jackson and Poplar Bluff with an almost 40 point difference between SLUH and the second place team.

Swiecicki heads to Rockhurst Lacrosse team
Coby Spratte, Core Staff

Senior Cullen Swieciki will be taking his lacrosse talents to the next level at Rockhurst next year, where he will be going into the Pre-Med track, majoring in Biology.

Lacrosse overcomes slow start to dominate Lindbergh 18-6, Burroughs still looms large
Charles Turnell and Daniel Tice, Staff, reporter

Ten years. That’s how long it’s been since SLUH lacrosse has been able to call themselves state champions. But a lot has changed since then. New coaches, new players, and a new culture have ensued, but the goal remains the same: win a state championship. With the playoffs starting the Jr. Bills just need to win four straight games to earn their rings. Lindbergh was their first obstacle in their way. 

Bone to play for Stevens Institute Volleyball
Roarke Unrau and Mark Wappler, News Editor, Core Staff

Senior Phillip Bone has recently committed to play volleyball at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey next year. After a dominant season leading the Jr. Bills’ nationally ranked volleyball team, Bone will head to Hoboken to compete for Stevens’ D3 program. Bone believes that Stevens will be a perfect destination to play the sport he loves while majoring in biomedical engineering.

New coaching staff leads freshman baseball team through season ups and downs
Drew Figge and Timothy Kappel, reporters

Although their final record was only 8-10-2, the team was able to develop and grow as a whole. One of their most impressive moments came against St. Dominic, when they managed to come back from a ten run deficit in the first inning. Despite an incredible comeback, they still lost in the seventh inning. 

Commits Corner: Tettamble heads to University of Tulsa for Tennis
Nathan Rich, Sports Editor

Senior Gus Tettamble has a lot to celebrate. An undefeated tennis season, an easy District win even with an injured shoulder, plus a bright future. Next year, Tettamble, a top junior player in the region, will join the D1 program at the University of Tulsa, a school with excellent facilities and a long history. 

Lacrosse dominates O'Fallon in offensive showcase as team honors seniors
Charles Turnell and Daniel Tice, Staff, reporter

After an exhilarating double overtime victory last week versus Eureka, all eyes shifted to the 12 seniors celebrating Senior Night. SLUH matched up against one of their easiest opponents all year in the O’Fallon Panthers. O’Fallon has had a rough year, sitting at 4-11 before heading to Sheridan Stadium, a season that culminated in a 20-0 loss vs. Chaminade. All signs pointed for SLUH to do the same if they could execute as well as they knew they could. This included the return of junior goalie Will Barnidge, who was sidelined in the game against Eureka thanks to an injury. 

Rugby defends State Title after three-year hiatus: After tough semifinal vs. Liberty, SLUH beats K.C. Jr. Blues in final
Ben Croat, Staff

The Jr. Bills are state Rugby champions. After a long, physically and emotionally grueling season, the SLUH Footybills ended on the highest note possible with a 16-12 win against the Kansas City Jr. Blues. On the way to the finals, the Jr. Bills powered through MCC rival Chaminade in the quarterfinals and the Liberty Blue Jays in the semis. On the other side of the bracket, the Lindbergh Flyers played the Kansas City Jr. Blues to determine SLUH’s eventual finals opponent.

Golf clobbers De Smet to defend J Cup, Cornett earns ticket to state amidst team struggle
Austin Wald, Core Staff

he St. Louis U. High community is all too acquainted with the greatest trophy in all of high school sports: The Jesuit Cup. Every year, SLUH’s hockey and golf teams face off against fellow Jesuit institution De Smet to lay it all on the line for the honor of raising the Jesuit Cup trophy and proving which school is really better. This year, in an event synonymous with nail-biting finishes, the SLUH golf team blew out De Smet to retain the J Cup title for the second year in a row. However, this success couldn’t be translated into the next week at Districts, when only senior captain Louis Cornett—who tied for first place individually with an even-par 72—qualified for State.

Baseball heads into postseason with high hopes for pitching
Coby Spratte, Core Staff

SLUH wrapped up the regular season with a 2-2 split over the past week, adding two wins to a record that has seen significant improvement this year. At 18-14, the Jr. Bills now prepare to host the District tournament next week. Despite struggling at the plate at times, they feel confident that their stellar pitching can push them deep into the District bracket next week.

Tennis overcomes Chaminade to take MCC title, Tettamble preps for individual playoffs
Nathan Rich, Sports Editor

SLUH Tennis has been seeing red lately. The Red Devils, to be more specific. After cruising to an easy 8-1 win against Chaminade in their regular season matchup last week, the Jr. Bills were forced to overcome a reinvigorated Chaminade team again on Tuesday to take their second straight MCC conference title. 

Track and Field dominates MCC championship as postseason approaches
Sean Kellogg and Joe LaBarge, reporters

With the districts drawing nearer, the Track and Field team has been refining their times and preparing for the postseason. The team has competed in four meets since Tuesday, April 26 and have shown off their skills in every single one of them, coming away with new personal bests while simultaneously dominating the competition.

86.27 Commit's Corner
Nathan Rich, Coby Spratte, and Joe LaBarge, Sports Editor, Core Staff, reporter

Next year, senior point guard Jaden McClain, who has been a staple of the Jr. Billikens basketball team for four years, will be taking the court for the Big Blue at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. The Millikin  program, lead by head coach Kramer Soderberg, is experiencing a rebirth of late and McClain was quick to notice it when he visited last fall.

Nothing gold can stay: After losing record set streak to De Smet, Volleyball rallies back to stay undefeated; takes first in Lafayette Tournament
George Henken, Core Staff

The halls of SLUH and the talk of many in the St. Louis volleyball community have been filled with news of the St. Louis U. High’s unprecedented set streak. Since 2019, the varsity team has not dropped a single set, playing 136 perfectly. This accomplishment is uncommon in volleyball, let alone amid the strong competition of St. Louis high school volleyball. Given the grand stat, the question just had to be asked: When will the SLUH team fall back to earth? 

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